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SWJ&I HAEI D/S.                                            217

The only one of the three more important modem schools which yet remains
to be mentioned is that founded by Swami Harl Das. The Gosains, his des-
cendants, who now, with their wives and chiidren3 number some 500 persons, own

one of the most conspicuous of Hie modem temples, which is dedicated to Krishna
under his title of Bihari Ji, or in more popular phrase Banke Bihari.    This is
not only their head-qnarterSj "but appears to be the only temple in all India of
which they have exclusive possession.    It has lately been rebuilt; at a cost of
Bs. 70,000 1 a sum which has been raised In the course of 13 years by the
eoatabatiotts of their clients from far and near.   It is a large square red sand-
stone block of plain, but exceedingly substantial, character,, with a very effective
central gateway of white stone.    This has yet to be completed by the addition
of an upper story ; but even as it stands, the delicacy of its surface carving,
aci the extremely bold projection of its eaves, render it a pleasing specimen of
the style of arcMtecimre now in vogue at Brinda-ban  one of the few places in
the civilized world where arcMtecture is not a laboriously studied reproduction
of a dead past, but a still living art, which is constantly developing by a process
of spontaneous growth.   The estate is divided into two shares or bats, according
to the descent of the Gosoins.   Their founder was himself a celibate] but Ms
brother Jagannath had three sons, Megh Sy&m, Mur&ri Das and Gopinath Das,
of whom the third died childless, the other two being the ancestors of the pre-
sent generation.    As is usual in such cases, the two families are at war with
one another, and have more than once been obliged to invoke the assistance " of
the law to prevent a serious breach of the peace.   Beyond the saintliness of
their ancestor,* but few of them have any claim to respect, either on account of
their learning  'for the majority of them cannot even read  or for the correct-
ness of their morals.   There are, however, two exceptions to the genera! rule  ......

one for each Lai  in the person of the Gosains Jagadis and Kishor Chand;
both of whom are fairly well ready within the narrow limits of their own sec-
tarian literature, beyond which they have never dreamed of venturino-.

In the original Bhakt-mala of Nabha Jis the stanza referring to Hari Das

stands as follows:

SP: twRi srre
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